Global apparel market growth 2012-2020

It was estimated in 2017, that the apparel market grew by approximately 5.46 percent compared to the previous year. Further growth was forecast for the following years, with a peak growth rate of around 6.2 percent expected in 2020. The United States and China have the largest apparel markets in the world in terms of revenue.

Apparel & footwear market

H&M is one of the largest and most recognizable apparel brands worldwide. In 2017, H&M held the third largest market share within the global apparel and footwear market, with a share of 1.4 percent. The apparel and footwear market is quite a fragmented market due to its highly competitive and saturated nature, meaning that no one company holds a large portion of the whole market. The global apparel and footwear market had retail sales of around 1.7 trillion U.S. dollars in 2017.

Leading apparel companies

Adidas was the third most valuable apparel brand in the world, valued at approximately 17 billion U.S. dollars in 2019. Nike, ZARA, and H&M are some of the other most valuable apparel brands worldwide. When it comes to retail sales, the picture is slightly different as many of the biggest apparel brands design and manufacture clothing as opposed to focusing on the retail side of the industry. TJX Companies, Inditex, and H&M were the leading apparel retailers in the world in 2017. Inditex, whose brands include ZARA and Bershka, had sales of around 28.9 billion U.S. dollars that year.

Market growth of the apparel industry worldwide from 2012 to 2020

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Release date

June 2017



Survey time period

2012 to 2017

Supplementary notes

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